Promoting Community-based Adaptation Planning for Climate Change: Developing a Surveillance and Response Toolkit in Alaska (2010-2012)

David Driscoll, PhD, MPH, MA

Tenaya Sunbury, PhD 

Erica Mitchell

Rebecca Barker


The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) was awarded a grant from the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/NCEH). The goals of this study are to (a) coordinate a community-based network of lay observers, (b) develop a toolkit to guide sentinel surveillance of climate change related events, (c) analyze structured observations of sentinel natural and health events and (d) mitigate climate-change related events of public health significance. The ICHS will work with experts and community stakeholders to develop and implement the sentinel surveillance system, and identify strategies to adapt to the health threats identified.